August 26, 2009 Obituaries

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Carla M. (Carriero) Deskins
Carla M. (Carriero) Deskins, 58, of Holland died peacefully August 22, 2009, at home.
Mrs. Deskins was born October 8, 1950, in Waterbury, Connecticut, daughter of Angelo and Louise (Spallone) Carriero.
She graduated from the University of Connecticut and worked as a bookkeeper and accountant.
She loved gardening, country music, especially attending the annual Country Music Association Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, and rescuing pugs.
She was predeceased by her father; and by her brother John.  She is survived by her mother, Louise; by her children Damian Deskins and his wife, Abby, and Ana Deskins, all of Holland; by two beautiful grandchildren, Kaya Macayla and Iliana Maitland of Holland; and by her special friend John Joly of Holland.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, at the Holland Methodist Church with the Reverend Don Gerber officiating.  Interment will follow in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Deskins’ memory may be made to her favorite charity, Pug Rescue of New England, or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.





Armand Fortin
Armand Fortin, 77, of Brookfield, Massachusetts, formerly of Spencer, Massachusetts, died July 15, 2009, in Rose Monahan Hospice House in Worcester, Massachusetts, after suffering a stroke.
Mr. Fortin was born in Irasburg, a son of George and Emmercienne Fortin.  He graduated from Orleans High School in 1950.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany from 1952 to 1954.
He moved to Spencer in 1954, but before leaving Vermont he worked as a meat cutter for Ste. Marie’s Market in North Troy.  He worked at the F.W. Madigan Company in Worcester for 32 years, followed by ten years in the Spencer-East Brookfield School System before retiring.
He enjoyed car races and baseball discussions with his sons.  He was the master foreman for all his family members’ building projects.  He will truly be missed.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Rita Fortin; four daughters:  Deborah Johnson and her husband, Paul, of Atlanta, Georgia, Anita Trepanier and her husband, Ed, of East Brookfield, Jeannette Fortin of Spencer, and Laura Merwin and her husband, Mike, of Ware, Massachusetts; two sons, Michael Fortin and his wife, Elizabeth, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and Eddie Fortin of Brookfield; sister Evelyn Upton and her husband, Harold, of Parker, Colorado; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by three brothers:  George, Roland, and Leo; and by one sister, Annette.





John L. Keement Sr.


John L. Keement Sr., 83, of Coventry died August 22, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Keement was born May 25, 1926, in Newport Center, a son of John and Alice (Rivard) Keement.  He was raised on the family farm in Newport Center.
He worked at various jobs throughout his life, including as grader operator in the maintenance department for the city of Newport for 19 years.  After his retirement, he worked for himself hauling cattle for area farmers.  He especially enjoyed attending the commission sales in Orleans.  He loved all animals and he most always had a dog or two.
He was always available to lend a hand to family and friends when needed.  He loved his family and always enjoyed their visits.  He enjoyed watching television, especially Western shows.
He is survived by children:  John Keement Jr. and his wife, Kerry, of Coventry, Mary Lantagne and her husband, Bernie, of Morgan, Laurie Keement and her friend, Larry Moss, of Newport, Debora Chaput and her husband, Francis, of North Troy, Linda Kudla and her husband, John, of Brownington, and Ila Chilafoux and her husband, Starlyn, of Orleans; by 17 grandchildren; by 23 great-grandchildren; by two brothers, Vincent Keement Sr. of Derby and Tony Keement and his wife, Betty, of North Carolina; by two sisters, Mary Labrecque of Derby and Margaret Hancock and her husband, Wendall, of Newport Center; and by the mother of his children, Sadie Watters, of Albany.  He was predeceased by one great-grandchild; and by his sister Agnes Hardy.
Funeral services were held August 25 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Michael Reardon officiating.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Keement’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.





Bethany McAlister


The family of Bethany McAlister is saddened to announce her unexpected death at the young age of 21 on August 18, 2009, in Newport.
Ms. McAlister, a resident of Hyde Park, was born December 22, 1987, in Newport, a beloved daughter of Donald and Debra Ann (Valley) McAlister.  She loved spending time with family.  She took great pride in being called “Auntie.”
One of her many passions in life was animals.  She enjoyed listening to music and hanging out with her friends.  She always greeted people with smiles and hugs.
She took pride in being in the first class to graduate from Wheeler Mountain Academy in Barton.
Her absence will leave a big hole in the hearts of those who loved her.
She is survived by her loving mother, Debra Ann Valley, and her companion, Randy Towns; by her father, Donald McAlister Jr., and his wife, Angelina; by her devoted brother Jason McAlister and his daughter Brionna; by two half-brothers, Colin and Kenneth McAlister; by stepsister Monica; by two stepbrothers, Corey and John; by memere Hilda Valley; by grandmother Donna Schofield; by grandfather Donald McAlister Sr. and his wife, Chris; by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; and by her very special friend Jay Medley, who had a special place in her heart.
A celebration of her life was held August 22 at a Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport.  Interment followed in Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. McAlister’s memory may be made to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.





Marion Agnes Wood


Marion Agnes Wood, 72, of Derby died August 19, 2009, in Newport.
Mrs. Wood was born August 10, 1937, in Newport, a daughter of Stanley and Mary (Ranny) Sargent.
In 1957 she married Arthur Wood, who predeceased her in 1974.
She loved her dogs, especially Duke.  She was a hard worker and she was always ready to help anyone in need.
She is survived by two brothers, Charles Sargent of Massachusetts and George Sargent and his wife, Bonnie, of Charleston; by two sisters, Caroline Dopp and her husband, Larry, of Derby and Charlotte Vinal and her family of Newport; by several nieces and nephews; by her sister-in-law Mae Reed; her special caretakers and cousin Tammy Verge and Kevin Hayes, with whom she lived for the past six years.  She was predeceased by her son Frank Wood; and by her soul mate of 29 years, Henry Bergeron.
A graveside service was held at the Derby Cemetery August 21 with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
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